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Numicon – combining geometry and arithmetic
Translated from this post by Jane Kats. This year, we are actively using the Numicon tool in our classes. We have two sets like this one – and it’s plenty for a group of 12. (Translator’s note – here is … Continue reading
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A number talk that turned into an investigation
It all started out with 12+12+12 a problem that was not particularly difficult for any of my 1st/2nd grade students. The students took turns suggesting strategies for doing this computation and I recorded them on the board (this was an … Continue reading
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Tagged 1st grade, 2nd grade, arithmetic, exploration, Main Line Classical Academy, number talk
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Games with the multiplication table
The following was translated from this post by Jane Kats. Translation and translator’s notes are by Yulia Shpilman. (Translator’s note: I taught a lesson inspired by this post to my math circle for 1st and 2nd graders on Sunday and … Continue reading
Arithmetic games – is that boring?
Translated from this post by Jane Kats. I very much subscribe to this philosophy when teaching math to kindergartners. As for the games mentioned, I love playing many of them throughout elementary school. In our math classes, we do a … Continue reading
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Entertaining kindergartners with caterpillars, dots, and monsters
Below is a guest post by my sister, Yulia Shpilman. We had a particularly wonderful class with my Kindergarten Math Circle last week and I wanted to share a few of our activities, in case someone else wants to try … Continue reading
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Why not count on our fingers?
Translated from this post by Jane Kats. I would love to know the source of the very prevalent idea that counting on your fingers is bad. Our school is currently teaching counting and basic arithmetic using a ruler, i.e., a … Continue reading
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Conservation of fingers and toes
Zoe likes to play with my hands. She will examine the fingers, moving them around and pulling on them. And I, being who I am, find myself thinking, “Fingers are a great math manipulative. I should seize the moment and … Continue reading